KNIGHTS EDGE RANGERS
Like a rock on the shoreline of a beach, the London Knights survived wave after wave of Kitchener Rangers attackes on Sunday night and held on for a 2-1 road victory.
London built a lead on a couple of firsts as Lucas Rowe netted his first goal in the Ontario Hockey League and Connor McMichael scored his first as a member of the Knights. McMichael’s goal broke a 1-1 tie with 3:31 to go in the second period, and from there London did everything they could to hold off the Kitchener attack.
“Both teams are schooled defensively and then it’s a chess match,” said Knights head coach Dale Hunter following the game. “[Jordan Kooy] came up with the big saves when we needed them and that’s how we withstood the pressure we had.”
Defence has been a big part of the Knights game plan this season. London has allowed the second fewest goals in the Western Conference. Only the first-place Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds rank ahead of them.
As wild as the action got around him at times, goaltender Kooy was still smiling as he hauled his pads to the Knights’ bus after the game.
“It was pretty crazy to be honest,” admitted the 17-year old. “It was pretty fun too. It gives us a confidence boost and hopefully that keeps rolling into next weekend.”
Kooy won for the fifth time in six starts.
The Rangers outshot London 39-30.
How the goals were scored
Harrison Cottam picked off a Kitchener clearing attempt just inside the blue line and snapped a puck on net. The shot was stopped by Rangers goalie Luke Richardson, but the rebound kicked out to Lucas Rowe and the Knights’ first round pick from the 2017 OHL Priority Selection buried his first OHL goal to give London a 1-0 lead.
Kitchener tied the game on the second of back-to-back power plays as Riley Damiani stepped to the top of the right circle and wristed a shot off the left post and in.
Another first for London put them ahead 2-1 at the 16:29 mark of the second period as Nathan Dunkley worked the puck back and forth in behind the Kitchener net and then centered a pass to Connor McMichael for his first goal in a Knights’ uniform and sixth of his rookie season…
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